May 22, 2013
Written by Sally Sanders
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:30
The Avon Theatre in Stamford will present a screening of The Sessions, with a post film Q&A with actor John Hawkes on Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. He is the 2013 Independent Spirit Award Winner — Best Actor; 2012 Hollywood Film Festival Award Winner — Breakthrough Actor; 2013 Golden Globe Nominee — Best Actor; 2013 Screen Actors Guild Nominee — Best Actor; and the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Choice Nominee — Best Actor.
Tickets $11) are now available from the administrative office (during daytime business hours) — 203-661-0321 or the box office (during show times) — 203-967-3660, x2.
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined — at age 38 — to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.
John Hawkes delivered another tour de force performance in his latest feature, The Sessions. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers wrote, “John Hawkes does the kind of acting that awards were invented for in this exhilarating gift of a movie that’s funny, touching and vital.” The film won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for the Ensemble Cast at Sundance.
Currently in production on the untitled Elmore Leonard feature, Mr. Hawkes has been working non-stop since his critically acclaimed performance as ‘Teardrop’ in Winter’s Bone. That role earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and several film critic groups. Other recent film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Arcadia, The Playroom, Higher Ground, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which he received an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
On television, Mr. Hawkes has starred in two acclaimed series for HBO. He portrayed ‘Sol Star’ in the critically lauded drama Deadwood and now plays Danny McBride’s brother ‘Dustin’ in the comedy Eastbound and Down.
The Avon Theatre is at 272 Bedford Street in Stamford; for more information, visit avontheatre.org.